Can the Philadelphia Eagles Avoid the Injury Bug?


December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, NFL gods favored the Philadelphia Eagles. For years, injuries, especially at the worst time has plagued the team. It almost became routine. Last year’s most painful causality was wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffering a tragic ACL tear. This occurred during training camp; on the cusp of head coach Chip Kelly bringing in an exciting, high-octane offensive philosophy. Unfortunately, Maclin’s season was lost and he was unable to participate in all the offensive domination, however, this year proves to be different. Maclin feels stronger and faster than ever, and re-signed with the team in February on a one-year “prove it” deal. Speculations have it that the wide receiver plans to dominate in order to re-sign with the team next year for more money.

I love Jeremy Maclin, always have and I always will. I will not be against paying that man some top tier money if he can finally eclipse 1,000 yards receiving this year because he has not even hit his peak yet.

In addition to exceptional offensive strategies, Kelly also brought a new workout and recovery regime, incorporating heart monitoring and individualized smoothies for the players to take. It has not been mentioned but it’s possible his new approach helped the Eagles stay healthy for most of last season and may be, dare I say, cutting edge.

I’m not a scientist, nor am I the sharpest tool in the shed, so my brain compares Chip Kelly’s custom made smoothies and players to a can of spinach and Popeye. Get some of that in Jeremy Maclin’s system. Let it marinate and do what it do, because he will be a major contributor to quarterback Nick Foles’ 2014 success. Let Spoles get a taste of that too. He’s getting up there, age wise for a running back, and I need that magic smoothie to get his gears going and remind people why he should be feared. I tire of hearing that the Eagles “inherited a washed-up, declining player from the New Orleans Saints”. Pity the Eagles don’t play them this season.

It seems almost impossible for the Eagles to remain as healthy as they did last year. They were one of the leagues healthiest team, and for once, I would love to see Maclin on the field with running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver Riley Cooper, and tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz under Nick Foles’ command and Kelly’s tutelage. Watch out league. Injuries are unavoidable and inevitable but maybe, just maybe, the Eagles can do it again. I’ll tell you what – If Philadelphia finishes the season with the same healthiness they had at the end of last year, there will be some serious questions as to how they did it.

Oh, and by the way, please do not forget to knock on the nearest wood. Thank you.

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